With nearly half the prospects in the ESPN 300, including 10 five-stars, headed to the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Oregon, The Opening will present an opportunity to watch many of the nation's top prospects compete against one another. Although there are many individuals and battles we will be keeping an eye on, there are some key players and matchups to follow closely.
Talented tackles: One of the big storylines of the 2017 class is the strong group of offensive tackles in this recruiting cycle. There are nine among the ESPN 300's top 40, and seven of those prospects will be at The Opening. Among that group will be a pair of five-stars in Alabama commit Alex Leatherwood and No. 1 overall national prospect Trey Smith. Over the course of several days, we'll get a great opportunity to see this talented and deep group compete, not only against a good collection of defensive lineman but also against one another. Based off evaluations up to this point, we have high expectations for this group, and we'll see if they can continue to impress as an overall position group and, with many not ranked far from one another, how they stack up individually.